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March 13, 2020

For Immediate Release:

In accordance with the Alabama Department of Public Health’s recommendation of limiting gatherings with attendance of over 500, Girlfriend Gala will be postponed until Thursday, June 25, 2020.

After careful and meaningful deliberation, our committee felt that the safety of our “girlfriends” and respective community is the utmost importance.

The Girlfriend Gala, decorators, volunteers, and committee are amazingly resilient. This community has continued to rally and come together during times of concern and we anticipate that Etowah County will not disappoint going forward.

The entire Success By 6 program is reliant on this event and our committee will work to continue this mission.

We understand that this new date may not work for you or your guests. If you have a conflict with the new date please contact Emily Sims at United Way ‘s Success by 6 at 256.547.2581 or for more information. You may also visit for more information.

**Please retain your tickets as this will be the same ticket you need to enter the Gala on Thursday, June 25.



The illiteracy rate in Etowah County is 26.46 percent. This number can be reversed if more children are introduced to books and the love of reading at an early age.


Over 1,500 children in Etowah County are now receiving books from United Way's Success by 6 Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.


A few years ago, two friends decided that they wanted to do something to give back to their hometown of Gadsden, and the Girlfriend Gala idea was born.


This is an elegant ladies' evening celebrating friendships and child literacy. The cost of the evening's ticket sales goes to Success By 6 to help pay the cost of mailing each book that each child receives through the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. It only costs $35 a year for a child age birth to 5 to get a beautiful hardbound book each month. In Etowah County we have OVER 1,500 children receiving books each month.


Our Girlfriend Gala goal is to double the number of children receiving books. Every child deserves to enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed. These books can make that possible.


Children that are nurtured and healthy are ready to enter school...and that is our goal at Success By 6.